A Different Color

The mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus¬†japonicas)¬†is an odd creature, brightly coloured as a 1970s psychedelic pantsuit, that sees the world in a different way from all other creatures. Its two satellite-like eyes, which can move independently of one another, have twelve colour receptors, far more than the human eye. One might assume that it sees a far…

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Wall of Sound

It started raining today after a few days of sun, and the birds outside in the garden are berserk with spring joy. There’s a symphony of birdsong that I can hear even through shut windows. The chorus changes, rises, falls, and is (rarely) silent for just a moment, as if all the birds are catching…

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